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Light a Candle at the Saint Joseph’s Monastery for your Special Intentions

Lighting a candle for loved ones or the personal intentions we hold within our hearts, is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in this faithful tradition by lighting a candle at Saint Joseph’s Monastery.

Vigil candles burn at the side altars throughout the church. Each burning flame represents the faith of the person lighting the candle. You are welcome to light a candle at any of our altars.

We consider it an honor to light a vigil candle for you and pray for your intentions, which will be kept in confidence. Please choose what altar you would like a candle to be lit. If you wish light a candle for your intention(s), you may do so by submitting your intention(s) through the request a prayer form.

By clicking the button below, you will be able to make a donation and submit your prayer request. We will light the candle and place your intention at that altar. Once a month, Mass will be said for intentions.

A donation of $5.00 – $10.00 is appreciated to support this ministry. Remember to let us know what altar to light your candle.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar

Reverence for the wounded heart of Jesus, pierced by the lance, surrounded by the crown of thorns, and burning with flames of love began in Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries during the 1100’s. Through the centuries devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has included reverence for the infinite love of God and the sacrificial love of Jesus, who died for the redemption of all people. May we pray for all those who do not know the love that God has for them.


Blessed Mother Altar

Devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has existed since the very earliest days of the Church. On the Cross, Jesus gave his mother to also be the mother of the Church. Mary’s prayer perfectly cooperated with God’s plan for our salvation throughout her entire life. Today we honor her through many devotions. May we always seek Mary’s intercession for our needs.


St. Francis Xavier Altar (1506-1552)

St. Francis Xavier, an early companion of St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Jesuits, was one of the most prolific missionaries of Roman Catholic history. He was instrumental in the establishment of Christianity in India, the Malay Archipelago, and Japan. Modern scholars estimate that he baptized approximately 30,000 converts during his lifetime. He is considered the patron of foreign missions. Through his intercession may we pray for those who serve others in missionary work today.


Saint Paul of the Cross Altar (1694-1775)

Saint Paul of the Cross was a zealous preacher, spiritual director, and founder of the Congregation of the Passion (The Passionists.) He was known for his words, generous acts of mercy, and devotion to the passion of Jesus. The Passionists founded and staffed Saint Joseph’s Monastery Parish from 1868 until 2014. Our parish is forever grateful to them and we still strive to include Passionist spirituality in the life of the parish. May we pray for the Passionists and their ministry today, and for those whose crosses are heavy and who share in the suffering of Jesus.

“The Passion of Christ is the greatest and most stupendous work of Divine Love. The greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love.”
St. Paul of the Cross


Saint Anthony of Padua Altar (1195-1231)

Saint Anthony was a Franciscan Friar, known for his clear understanding and preaching of Sacred Scripture and the Catholic Faith. He had a passion for sharing the Faith and is said to have preached to fish in the river, to glorify God, when people refused to listen to him. He also loved and served those who were poor or ill. He is the patron of lost things. May we pray to St. Anthony especially for those we know who are in some way lost.


Pietà Altar

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The Pietà or “The Pity” (1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned by the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome.

The Pietà was a popular subject among northern European artists. It means Pity or Compassion, and represents Mary sorrowfully contemplating the dead body of her son which she holds on her lap.

As we prayerfully contemplate the beauty of Michelangelo, we can ask Mary to hold close all mothers and their children. Especially those who are most in need of prayer or healing. Let us envision Mary holding us close in her love as only a mother can.


Our Lady of Fatima Altar

Our Lady of Fatima is a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary due to her apparitions to three shepherd Children at Fatima, Portugal, on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, beginning on May 13th. The three children were Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope.

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, we invite you to light a candle today.

Each candle represents the faith and fervent prayers entrusted to the intercession of the Blessed Mother.


Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Altar (1832-1862)

A young Passionist whose life in the monastery was not extraordinary, St. Gabriel was known for his great devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary. He died from tuberculosis at the age of 24, before becoming a priest. Canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, St. Gabriel is the patron saint of youth. May his example inspire all young people to a deeper faith and relationship with God, giving them direction and hope in a world filled with temptation. Through his intercession may we pray for all young people struggling with self-acceptance, addictions, or who feel lost and alone.


Saint Anne, Mother of Mary Altar

Together with St. Joachim, her husband, St. Anne nurtured, taught, and protected the Blessed Virgin Mary as she grew up. She is the patron of all mothers, especially those expecting the birth of a child. In the modern church calendar, Anne and Joachim share a feast day and, as the grandparents of Jesus, they are considered the patron saints of grandparents. Through the intercession of St. Anne may all mothers and expectant mothers find strength. Through the intercession of Saints Anne and Joachim may grandparents find help, strength, and God’s blessing as they age.


Veterans Altar

This Altar is dedicated to all those men and women who have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces. Names inscribed in the memorial book date back to World War II and the altar includes a book of the names of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Help keep the memory of those who have defended and protected our country alive. Light a candle in memory of someone who has died or for someone who is serving presently. May we pray for the safety of all who are deployed, especially those who are in danger.